One of the many reasons that I ultimately grew tired of the TV series Chuck in the second season was the casual way in which it attempted to pass off "shacking up" as a natural, matter-of-course stage in the evolution of romantic relationships. Yes, I get that many people do it; no, I do not accept that this is now the dominant cultural mode.
So I have some appreciation for the way the new television series Whitney is handling the issue of premarital cohabitation, as for instance in this clip:
The remarkable thing about this series is that the two principal characters begin the story already in this arrangement. While shack-ups are no stranger to television (a recurring sitcom theme from Cheers to The Big Bang Theory), they usually begin and end in the course of the series. This is the first series I can recall in which the shack-up is baked in at the get-go.
It will be interesting to see how the series progresses. It will be much more difficult for the writers to have the characters break up a-la Chandler and Rachel without a significantly altering the dynamic they’ve created. But will Whitney and Alex ever get married? I guess we’ll have to see.